What’s the Cost to Ship a Product Sample?

by Crystal Ge on 24 Feb 2016 | 0 Comments
A reliable courier is important in order to deliver the samples on time so that you can approve or decline the sample and let the supplier know if production can begin. What’s a reasonable cost to ship a product sample from Asia? There are a few factors that affect the shipping cost for product samples, such as origin, destination, number of parcels, weight and dimensions. You’ll probably want to choose the courier that offers you a combination of the most reliable shipping and the lowest price.

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5 Things a QC Company Can’t Control

by Oliver Knack on 19 Feb 2016 | 0 Comments
You might be surprised by what your independent auditor CAN and CANNOT do regarding scheduling and conducting a service on your behalf. It’s important for you to understand what factors your QC company can’t control so that you can address those with your supplier directly and avoid costly quality issues, shipping delays and other undesirable effects of losing control of production.

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3 Ways Pollution Affects Manufacturing in China

by Vicky Yu on 1 Feb 2016 | 0 Comments
How does pollution affect manufacturing in China? How have steps taken by the Chinese government to reduce pollution impacted the cost of manufacturing for importers? An overall increase in costs may be inevitable. But as an importer, it makes sense to support your factory in making these improvements as these can help you avoid supply chain issues and save money over time with increased factory efficiency and a lower defect rate.

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3 Ways Experienced Importers Avoid Production Delays

by George Huang on 18 Jan 2016 | 0 Comments
Importing a product takes guts. Whether you’re starting your own fledgling company and manufacturing for the first time or working as a purchasing manager in a Fortune 500 company, your success or failure depends on getting a product that meets your requirements shipped on-time. Following these three ways to keep to your production schedule, you can avoid the kinds of delays that cause factories to rush production, at the expense of quality.

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3 Reasons Your Supplier Might be Sending You the Wrong Message

by Megan Young on 28 Dec 2015 | 0 Comments
A lot of buyers express frustration in getting accurate information from their supplier. Supplier miscommunication can lead to shipping delays, quality problems and a host of other issues. Communication by phone, email or even through a face-to-face meeting at the factory can leave a lot of room for interpretation. Maybe your supplier is unwittingly sending you the wrong message.

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3 Keys to Addressing Product Quality Issues with Your Supplier

by George Huang on 21 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments
No one likes product defects, including your supplier. How can you, as an importer, make sure you're addressing product quality issues directly?

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China’s Pollution: A Story of Imports and Canned Air

by John Niggl on 17 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments
Beijing faced an air quality index of 250, that’s 10 times higher than what the WHO considers “healthy” levels. How has China's pollution come to this?

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3 Must-Do Procedures for Handling Golden Samples for Manufacturing

by John Niggl on 20 Nov 2015 | 0 Comments
Here you’ll learn three best practices for sending the samples you’ve approved for production back to the supplier to prevent issues.

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How Can Six Sigma Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

by Chao Wang on 16 Nov 2015 | 3 Comments
When the important variables are controlled within the processes, your chance of getting closer to the “perfect” product will be much higher. We’ve discussed lean manufacturing and the 5S method. Let’s look at a real-life, practical application of a Six Sigma methodology. You’ll learn how one company was able to improve a process and exceed their target goals significantly.

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Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Basics, Benefits and Obstacles

by Chao Wang on 5 Nov 2015 | 1 Comment
All of your suppliers are probably aware of lean manufacturing but most in developing countries implement few, if any, lean initiatives within their operations. This is one reason why third-party inspection is so important if you are manufacturing. We've discussed the 5S method of improving efficiency. Now let’s talk about lean manufacturing as a broader term.

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4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging